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  1. Super homer picks: Former: Andre Tippett - All-time great linebacker who was the cornerstone of the Patriots Defense for a decade John Hannah - One of the greatest guards who ever lived. On some good teams that came up short. Robbed in ‘76. Current: N’Keal Harry - I have huge hopes for Harry. Just a rookie, but has potential to be an impact player for a long time. Jarrett Stidham - A rookie QB, but IF he steps in after the Goat retires and wins the Super Bowl, that would be pretty great.
  2. Is the NFL worth watching anymore?

    A lot of things make sense now. I actually like the Bills. They just need to tighten up their operation and they will be in contention soon. Just gotta go through some growing pains. There’s a friend of mine from Rochester who’s a lifelong Bills fan, and I’d love to see the Bills win for him. When the Bills get back to the Super Bowl, I’m going to drive out to Rochester, get a Bills t-shirt, and wear it while I watch the Super Bowl with him. We wouldn’t be friends if he was a Dolphins or Jets fan.
  3. Well, thank God they didn’t have an average coach!
  4. Gino Cappelletti Should be in the Hall of Fame.

    Ok. Now that we agree that Gino should be in, who do we bring our case to?
  5. I’ve been hearing talk about an expanded Hall of Fame class for 2020, and that got me thinking... shouldn’t Gino Cappelletti be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? I know he played all but one season for the Patriots prior to the merger, but I think the all-time leading scorer in AFL history should be in there. I think he gets overlooked because he played in the AFL, and because he was a Patriot before that was a cool thing to be. Bob Kraft made a huge push to get Andre Tippett into the Hall, why can’t the same be done for Cappelletti? He was a huge presence as a kicker and receiver, and a great player. Who is the Boston representative on the HOF Selection committee? Anyone know? If they’re going to expand the HOF class to 20 next year as is proposed, this may be Gino’s last shot at getting in in his lifetime.
  6. Team Needs

    Tight End and Wide Receiver come to mind.
  7. Is the NFL worth watching anymore?

    You wanna talk DYNASTIES? Okay. Let’s do it. Between 1921 and 1964, the New York Yankees appeared in TWENTY-NINE (29) World Series, and won TWENTY (20) of them. That’s twenty championships in 43 years. That’s one almost every other year. This was in an era where the team that won the most games in the regular season AUTOMATICALLY advanced to the World Series. No playoffs. No wild cards. No upsets. Talk about having no reason to watch... How’s that for a dynasty? Let us look at the Montreal Canadiens. Between 1953 and 1960, they won the Stanley Cup six times in eight years - including five in a row! The Canadiens went on another run between 1965 and 1979. They won the Stanley Cup ten times in fourteen years, including four in a row between ‘76 and ‘79, and they were frighteningly dominant as they did it. Beasts! We also have the Boston Celtics dynasty from 1957 to 1969. Eleven titles in 13 seasons, including EIGHT IN A ROW. Amazing. The Patriots “Dynasty” is six Super Bowls in seventeen seasons. Meh. I prefer to call them the “Team of the Decade” for the 2000s and the 2010s. The people complaining about the Patriots having a stranglehold on the NFL just don’t get it. The Patriots have won two out of three, and then won three out of five ten years later. Teams OTHER than the Patriots won in 2002; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2015; and 2017. Ok. The Patriots have won 33% of the championships since the turn of the century, but that’s nothing compared to the Yankees; Canadiens; and Celtics. I really wish the Patriots were as good as the haters think they are!
  8. Is the NFL worth watching anymore?

    As someone who’s genuinely concerned for you... have you considered talking to someone about this? This seems to be a very serious issue for you.
  9. Funny... I wouldn’t be shocked if Thomas didn’t make the team, either. My gut does tell me that Gordon will play at some point this season, though.
  10. I have no idea how he was the SECOND WR taken, never mind how he fell to 32.
  11. I’ve watched several videos of N’Keal Harry on YouTube, and he looks like a future Super Bowl MVP. I think he’s going to be a BEAST if he can stay healthy.
  12. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    That’s a pretty great record. I wish I could cite the source, but I’ve heard once that the Patriots have never lost at home while it was snowing out. Ever. Like since 1960. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sounds plausible. Not that playing the Patriots is ever easy, but your odds of winning go way down when the game is in Foxborough. I’m going to say that until the Chargers dethrone the Chiefs, they (the Chiefs) are the team to beat in the West. Just like the Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions until someone eliminates them in the playoffs. The Chargers are chasing the Chiefs, and it’s up to them to catch KC. Until LA proves that they’re the better team on the field and in the standings, I just can’t pick LA. I have no particular love for the Chiefs, and I have nothing against the Chargers... that’s just how I see it. No real reason NE should be favored over LA? Really? I think the Patriots had a good draft and added some decent free agents. Losing Gronkowski was a terrible loss, but the Patriots have played and won without him before. I like the way the D is constituted at present, and I think a lot of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised at the Patriots’ ground game. The Pats are transitioning to a run-oriented offense, and most teams just aren’t built to stop that anymore. When they load up the front to stop the run, that’s when the quick hit passing will start. Oh, I’m afraid the Chargers will have their hands quite full should they play New England this January. It’s hard to win at Gillette Stadium, no doubt. Patriots fans old enough to remember will recall the Orange Bowl in Miami and what a miserable place that was. The Dolphins had an 18-game home winning streak (in that stadium) against the Patriots that started in the AFL in November 1966 and wasn’t broken until the ‘85 AFC Championship Game. Miami is still a tough place for the Patriots. Denver, too. It’s fun stuff like this that keeps it interesting. By the way, that triumph over the Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game was the first Patriots game I ever watched, and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since. Pats fan since January ‘86.
  13. I’m at a 10. I know it won’t be easy, but I think the Patriots might have a real shot at winning the Super Bowl this year.
  14. Bold prediction: Chargers AFC Super Bowl LIV representative

    The Chargers have their work cut out for them if they think they’re going to the Super Bowl this year. First of all, the Kansas City Chiefs are no joke and have to be an odds-on favorite to be right back in the AFC Championship Game. I’ll concede that the Chargers should finish ahead of Oakland and Denver, but I can’t see them finishing ahead of the Chiefs. The Chargers may very well be a playoff team again this year, but I just don’t see them making it as anything other than the 5 or 6 seed. Secondly, let’s say the Chargers make it as a wild card. Now what? The cruel and unforgiving road awaits them. A road game in a loud and obnoxious dome (Indianapolis; Houston), or some January ice box (Cleveland; Pittsburgh). Should the Chargers survive the Wild Card Round, off to the Divisional Round they go. New England? Kansas City? On the road? Great choices, eh? Let’s say the Chargers beat one of these teams ON THE ROAD in the Divisional Round. They’ll very likely have to play the other one in the AFC Championship Game. Beating the Patriots in Foxborough AND the Chiefs at Arrowhead on back-to-back weeks is too much to ask of ANYONE. Not going to happen. The Chargers’ record against the Patriots in the Belichick era is 3-9 (regular season and playoffs combined). That’s a .250 winning percentage. Yuck. The Chargers’ record vs. the Patriots in the playoffs since 2000 is 0-3. That’s a .000 winning percentage. Two games in Foxborough, and one in San Diego. Thirdly, the last time an AFC team reached the Super Bowl without having to defeat the Patriots along the way was the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers (whose playoff record vs. the Patriots is just as abysmal as the Chargers’). They defeated the Jets in the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Packers two weeks later in the Super Bowl. Unless catastrophic injuries befall the Patriots AND the Chiefs, I just don’t see the Chargers getting a sniff of the Super Bowl.
  15. The New Season

    Thank you, brother! Never been to Ohio before, but if I ever find myself on the shores of Lake Erie, I shall take you up on that!
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